NB2010: 17 Weeks and Letting Water be my Guide

Hi everyone, it’s New Beginnings 2010. I know I haven’t posted in a while, but you know how life goes! Well, I’ve made it to 17 weeks with no relaxer. I think the longest I’ve ever gone was 13 weeks. First of all, I have to say that I’m proud of myself, and even though the Florida humidity is making me nuts since I can’t style my hair in braid outs and such, I’ve found a style that I like and I’m sticking with it until around October. Then I’ll see how the humidity is and decide on whether I want to go back to braid outs.

I have changed my regimen a bit to be more simple. After gathering information from both online and real life sources, I’ve decided to let water be my guide. Instead of deep conditioning or conditioner washing all the time, I’ve decided to spritz my hair lightly with water and seal with coconut oil twice daily. Then I’ll wash my hair with shampoo once per week with Burt’s Bees. I have been having issues with my natural hair being hard and dry. Since incorporating the daily water spritz, in the past three days I’ve noticed that my natural hair is finally softening. For me, water is moisture (NOT conditioner), and the oil helps seal it in. I’ll ONLY be using leave-ins/conditioners on wash day.

I’m also planning to incorporate distilled vinegar (NOT apple cider vinegar) and water rinses into my routine once per month to combat the hard water and biuldup. Lord knows Florida has the WORST hard water (in the top 10 in the US). After some research, I found that distilled vinegar is a natural way to combat hard water if you put just a few drops in your dishwasher, so why not try a couple of drops in my hair water? I’ll use an 18 oz bottle of water with half a teaspoon of vinegar. Then I only plan on spritzing about a quarter of the bottle in my hair per month. I don’t want to overdo it the first time. If it works well, maybe I’ll try half the water/vinegar bottle. After years of trying EVERYTHING for healthy hair care and not getting anywhere, I’ve learned that a little can go a LOOOONG way.

As for style, I’m keeping my hair in simple individual braids without extensions pulled back into a ponytail to cut down on manipulation. I have noticed that this style makes my scalp itchy, so I’ve started using Shea Moisture’s African Black Intensive Scalp Elixir (for dandruff). Although I don’t have dandruff, in the past three days this product has done wonders for the itching. I think it’s because the main ingredient is aloe vera juice. I’m contemplating using the entire Shea Moisture line, but I don’t want to wait 2 – 4 weeks for delivery. It’s backed ordered EVERYWHERE and it’s sold out in stores too! Once I get the Hair Milk, I’ll let you guys know how it works. When I find the spray in stores, I’m going to stock up. Any who, I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m still here and still transitioning! More picture updates in about four weeks. I’m holding out for more new growth!